Netflix's over 30-million subscribers are about to get a Halloween present from CBS. No, not the broadcast network, the gigantic corporation that owns them.
You see, CBS also owns popular premium cable channel Showtime, which just finished airing eight successful seasons of the beloved horror drama 'Dexter.' Users of Netflix's instant streaming service will likely remember that older seasons of Dexter were once available on the platform (along with old seasons of shows like 'Californication'), before all currently active Showtime programs were abruptly removed back in 2011.
Well, now that 'Dexter' has finally wrapped up its run, Netflix has cut a deal with CBS to bring the show back to instant streaming. Anyone that has long wanted to start watching (or catch up with) the exploits of America's favorite serial killer will soon be able to do just that.
Starting this Thursday, Oct. 31, the first four seasons of 'Dexter' will be available to stream in their entirety. That's 48 hours of new entertainment for Netflix users. Viewers will want to use the next two months wisely, as Seasons 5-8 will make their way to the service on Jan. 1, 2014. In total, the eight seasons of the series represent 96 additional hours of content, all available by the time the western world has recovered from its collective New Year's hangover.
Now, if only HBO would make its many expired series ('The Sopranos,' 'Six Feet Under,' 'Deadwood,' etc.) available to Netflix subscribers. It's highly unlikely, but one can dream.